STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1622
RE: S.B. No. 1541
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-Second State Legislature
Regular Session of 2023
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 1541 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO VOTING MORE THAN ONCE DURING AN ELECTION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to clarify the law by expressly prohibiting voters from casting more than one vote during any election, even if one of those votes is in a state or territory of the United States other than Hawaii.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from one individual. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from Hawaii Federation of Republican Women and eleven individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from one individual.
Your Committee finds that although existing law prohibits a person from voting again after having already voted, it does not expressly address the possibility that a person could cast a vote in Hawaii and an additional vote in another state or territory of the United States. Your Committee believes this measure is necessary to clarify the State's election fraud laws and strengthen voter protection.
Your Committee has amended this measure by making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1541, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1541, H.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs,
DAVID A. TARNAS, Chair